Yes, I Was a Hot Mess Before the Coronavirus

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Before the coronavirus hit the nation, I was a hot mess momma. The pandemic pushed this mess into high-alert.

“I’m just a hot mess,” said one mother. Her eyes were swelled with tears looking over the toys scattered over the living room floor. “But how can I do anything positive when I can’t keep up with loads of laundry and my work life?” Another woman added about her working at home with the kids out of school. “This is crazy!”

You better believe it is sister!

“I see so many women who have it all together. They work, have kids, their houses are spotless, they bake and are part of the PTA,” another mom chorused, musing over the shortened school year.

All three of us cracked an apprehensive smile.

I shared a recent story with them that I was going to lose my temper with all the people hoarding food and toilet paper at Walgreens. Okay, I lost it anyway, but that’s for another article. Go on social media, and watch people fight each other for a case of water and Charmin!

Unbelievable.

By sharing and being honest – shouting perhaps, we don’t have it all together — makes us amazing. Yes, untidy hair buns, coffee-stained sweat-shirts and wearing the same leggings for two days still makes us shine. We can still shine through this pandemic.

We all have a story to tell and especially now! Your experiences can lead others to a better path in life during these anxious moments.

We all stumble in many ways and we all have sinned falling short of the glory of God. Our stories are waiting to be given and shown to others; it’s our history — a way to connect with people.  I am sure we will have testimonies to share, and perhaps, pain, after coronavirus is history.
All of us can make contributions hot mess moms and all during this time.
Blessing others gets the mind off of mayhem and the mess that gets into our souls. Who couldn’t use a healthy diversion anyway, right?

For example, gratitude works! Take a walk and thank God for all the things He’s done. Just because we are restricted where we can go, doesn’t mean we can’t take a walk outdoors or be grateful. When we offer praise and are grateful for our blessings, it empowers us.

Instead of hoarding boxes of macaroni and cereals, many food banks need food. Drop off non-perishables via drive-thru—many states are doing this. Buy farm eggs and offer them to neighbors as many stores are sold out. If you buy extra, have someone else in mind. COVID-19 poses its most significant threat to vulnerable seniors. Consider donating money to Meals on Wheels. The American Red Cross is asking people to donate blood as blood drives are canceled. 

All of us can make contributions hot messes and all.

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light, (1 Peter 2:9).”

-Corine Gatti-Santillo

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